Peter Gammons: The integration of science and humanity

We don’t know why baseball is in an era of inaction, or record numbers of home run and strikeout outcomes. We can look at Yandy Diaz, whose 92.9 average exit velocity is in the top 20 in baseball, yet the average distance of what he hits is 123 feet, infield at double play depth. We […]

Peter Gammons: Chase Utley, Mattingly’s roster decisions, the Mets, and more

Understand, the return of Chase Utley was not a luxury item, a Rodeo Drive trinket. It was, in many ways, Farhan Zaidi and Andrew Friedman’s exercise in baseball democracy. It was clearly peer driven, respect from teammates, young and old, that even with the acquisition of Logan Forsythe—which was universally applauded by the Dodger players—the […]

Video: Peter Gammons on “Little Things” and details

Peter Gammons joins Hot Stove to discuss Don Mattingly motivating the Marlins and what expectations should be for the club in 2017, Buck Showalter’s attention to the details, the Twins’ use of Sano, and more…

Peter Gammons: Ten thoughts when not slipping on black ice

1). On January 23, somewhere between 12 and 20 teams will attend an indoor showcase outside Boston to watch Craig Breslow throw. Depending on whether or not he insists on a guaranteed deal, one club, after watching his video, estimates as many as a dozen teams could offer to sign the 36 year old. Yes, […]

Video: Gammons on end of the regular season

Peter Gammons joins Kelly Nash and the Rundown on MLB Network to discuss the Dodgers clinching with a walk-off win for Vin Scully, Red Sox postseason pitching, and Derek Falvey’s chances of becoming the Twins President of Baseball Operations.

Yankees Make Upside Play with Hicks Trade

In an exchange of relatively well-regarded, but not yet established big leaguers, the Minnesota Twins traded outfielder Aaron Hicks to the New York Yankees for catcher John Ryan Murphy. The swap makes sense for both sides, with the Twins (who ranked 29th in the majors in catcher Wins Above Replacement last season) adding a backstop […]

Coffee and Clippings: Mozeliak leading Cards in new direction

Derrick Goold (@dgoold) of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch discusses John Mozeliak and what future he is leading the Cardinals to… “What I’m talking about is do you have enough on the front end?” Mozeliak said. “Pitchers get labeled as 1 (ace), 2, 3, 4, and 5, and what I’m trying to make sure that we […]

Sticking at 3B or Corner OF Could be Hefty Challenge for Sano

The Minnesota Twins surprised many by submitting the winning, $12.85 million posting bid to negotiate with South Korean first baseman Byung-ho Park. In the abstract, it’s easy to understand why the Twins, who finished just 26th in the majors in park-and-league adjusted OPS in 2015, would want to add the bat-flipping Nexen Heroes home run […]

Temperatures Rising

Even though many of the races appear to be over, recent history would indicate that some of the leaders could spiral into a tailspin and wind up in the wildcard spot or worse out of the playoffs completely. As that famous baseball philosopher Yogi Berra says, “It ain’t over til it’s over” Houston, one of the surprise teams […]

Subtle Adjustments Paying Dividends for Ervin Santana, Twins

When Minnesota Twins general manager Terry Ryan ponied up a club record $55 million this past winter to woo Ervin Santana from the free-agent market, he thought he’d acquired a front-line-caliber starter capable of navigating a young and uneven rotation toward postseason contention. Instead, he got something else. Just three days into April, Major League Baseball imposed an 80-game […]